Visualization

Showing the stories in data through statistics, design, aesthetics, and code.

New York Times R&D Lab explores how news is shared and read with Project Cascade

For online publications, it’s useful to know how people share links to articles and news via outlets such as Twitter. How does an article go from publication to viral? Does…

History of detainees at Guantánamo

On January 11, 2002 the first detainees arrived at Guantánamo. On January 22, 2009, President Obama ordered Guantánamo to close in a year. The Guantánamo Docket is an interactive database…

Water changes everything in motion graphics

In the most recent media push for Charity: Water, a video of motion graphics explains the importance of clean water and what millions have to go through every day just…

Art, science, and cartography

Similar discussions going on in the cartography branch among UW Madison geography folks. Start with the post by Tim Wallace (where the above Venn came from). Then read the responses…

How long it takes for house prices to drop

Shopping for a house? Sometimes it can be advantageous to wait a while, and the price of the house you’ve had your eye on might drop. It’s all about getting…

Map your location – that your iPhone secretly records

Researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden have found that the iPhone records cell tower access, and hence your location, in an easy-to-read file that is transferred as you switch devices.…

See what you and others tweet about with the Topic Explorer

When you first come across a Twitter account it can be hard to know if you want to follow that person or organization, based on the most recent tweets. Jeff…

Visualization as a mass medium in the 21st century

In an op-ed for CNN and perhaps adding fuel to the fire, Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, leaders of Google’s Big Picture project, talk visualization and its future. In reference…

Dropping movie ratings from the past six decades

Dorothy Gambrell of very small array charts median Tomatometer ratings of the top 10 grossing films, since 1950. From the graph it looks like movies are getting worse, but are…

DisplayCabinet augments keys and wallet with data

DisplayCabinet is a clever use of a projected display and RFID tags to take data away from the computer screen an into the physical world.…

Mental disorder graphics

Designer Patrick Smith has a minimalist look at mental disorders: I was doing some research about mental health and I came across a list of mental disorders. I chose a…

Sugar consumption buckets

Lovely imagery showing sugar consumption for day through lifetime. The average American consumes 45.3 pounds of sugar in a year. It’s a part of a read-later NYT article on the…

Rings of population change by block

You’ve seen population changes at the state and county level, but with Census data, you can zoom in all the way to the block level. Stephen Von Worley breaks it…

The city in real-time

The MIT SENSEable City Lab presents five different perspectives of the ebb and flow in Singapore at the Singapore Art Museum.…

Beauty of Maps available in its entirety

Almost a year ago, the BBC aired the Beauty of Maps, but we Americans couldn’t watch it online. Well, now you can. The full documentary is available for your viewing…

Movies with multiple Harry Potter wizards

I feel like whenever I watch a British film, I see a Harry Potter wizard or witch in it. I guess I’m not imagining things. The Ragbag had a similar…

Physically climb over budget data with Kinect

As an entry to the Eyebeam DataVizChallenge to visualize your taxes, Budget Climb by Frankie Cheung, Zach Schwartz, and Fred Truman places you in a virtual environment where you can…

More proportions and cocktails

Designers’ current obsession with cocktails and proportions continues with Konstantin Datz’ recent poster. Engineer’s guide to drinks is still the best. Although this one gets plus points for hints of…

Taming the breath of a wok

I found this on Serious Eats, but it looks like it’s from a book. Anyone know what book it is? This picture is awesome. Maybe one day, with enough practice,…

X-Men family tree

Amusing from graphic designer Joe Stone, although not as good as the crazy-detailed one from a couple of years ago. [Joe Stone | Thanks, John]…

Tell-all telephone reveals politician’s life

Not many people understand the importance of data privacy. They don’t get out how little bits of information sent from your phone every now and then can show a lot…

Complexity of time zones explained

Do you understand how time zones work around the world and when exactly you need to move your watch forward or back? Me neither. BBC News provides a brief history…

Make your own safety map in case of emergency

It’s a good idea to have a meeting place in case of an emergency and you get split up from your loved ones. Safety Maps, a straightforward application, helps you…

Every river system mapped in World of Rivers

The annual Malofiej awards, for top graphics in journalism, were handed out last week. The best map of 2010 went to National Geographic for the World of Rivers. Every river…

Anatomy of a cupcake

Aww, how cute. As a birthday gift, a couple sent their best wishes to a friend overseas via deconstructed cupcake graphic. [Things via datavis]…

Why we need to save great teachers

Okay, it’s kind of a given for why we need to make sure great teachers keep teaching America’s children. If you’ve had a great teacher, you know what I mean.…

Animation: The pain that is Los Angeles traffic

Los Angeles has a lot of things to do. The trouble is, compared to a city like San Francisco, everything is spaced out and you have to drive almost everywhere…

Firefox 4 downloads in real-time

Firefox 4 came out of beta today and is now available for download. As of writing this, there have been about 2.2 million downloads worldwide, and you can watch the…

Gallons of stuff that cost more than gasoline

In response to Sarah Palin’s complaints about gas prices around four dollars per gallon, GOOD, in collaboration with Dylan Lathrop and Sara Saedi, takes a look at other things priced…

History of the world in 100 seconds, according to Wikipedia

As you know, the world wasn’t always how you know it today. Land was discovered, people migrated, and significant events in history played out to shape what society is like…